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ESB warning to Inishowen farmers 18.05.20

WITH silage cutting season underway, ESB Networks is reminding farmers and silage contractors in Inishowen of the serious risks associated with working near electricity wires.
At all times, keep well clear of overhead electricity lines: the minimum safe distance is three metres, horizontally and vertically. Give more space for high voltage lines.
Remember: you do not have to touch electricity wires to be in serious danger. Coming close to these live wires is just as hazardous and can be fatal.
ESB Networks have recently responded to several safety incidents involving the electricity network in recent weeks. Accidents are preventable by taking care and recognising an unsafe situation. Never take chances with electricity.
Contact ESB Networks immediately on 1850 372 999 (24/7 service). All farmers and silage contractors are advised to store this number in their mobile phone. Always stay safe and stay clear of electricity wires. Further information is available at www.esbnetworks.ie .
Accidents are preventable by taking care and recognising an unsafe situation. Never take chances with electricity.
Read these important safety messages:

Never carry out work that brings you close to electricity wires as they are always live and can jump gaps.
Watch out for overhead electricity wires when using tall machinery.
Steer clear of electricity poles and stay wires. Report anything unusual to ESB Networks.
Never touch or come close to fallen wires or handle stock where there are fallen wires nearby.
Avoid crossing beneath overhead lines and always work parallel to the line.
Poles and overhead lines must never be close to a silage pit. If they are closer than 6 metres, contact ESB Networks to relocate. Do not work until we advise it is safe to do so.
When carrying out timber or hedge clearing work, first check that there are no electrical wires nearby. If there are wires in the vicinity, do not proceed and contact ESB Networks.
A changed farm layout could mean overhead wires are a new hazard, contact us for advice.
You can contact ESB Networks immediately on 1850 372 999 (24/7 service). All farmers and silage contractors are advised to store this number in their mobile phone.
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